After many months of home-schooling the kids, the moment parents so much look forward to has finally arrived. While most parents experience mixed feelings, glad that they can have their life back, on the other hand, worried about the children’s safety and the huge school bills to pay amidst the economic turbulence. Before you leap for joy, remember that resumption also mean resuming your early morning duties of getting the kids ready for school, packing lunch amongst others. To avoid any last-minute hassles and stress, here are a few tips to help you transition seamlessly into “back to school” activities.
Reawaken their Brain
Indeed, it was a long break from school and our children may find it hard getting back to the school setting. We may have home-schooled them, nonetheless, they may have forgotten what it feels like learning in a classroom. To counter this, resume the reading and writing activities for your kids. This will help them prepare for academic work.
Introduce Bedtime Routine
Although the school has resumed, if your kids are yet to get back to resumption setting, the weekend is a perfect time to get them ready for an early bedtime routine. Wake them at the time they will need to get up for school. This will help them get used to the routine and reduce any tantrums that may arise on the first day of school and even on subsequent days. The night before Monday, let them go to bed very early. If normal bedtime is 8 pm, let them sleep at 7.30 pm. Tuck them to bed and remove any distractions that would prevent them from falling asleep. This will help them to wake up early enough and get ready for school.
Follow all school Instruction.
Did you receive messages or phone calls from the kid’s school? If yes, then ensure you follow the guidelines to the latter. Endeavour to read messages on the WhatsApp group and ask questions should you need clarification. Return all necessary calls and messages. Our children’s health and safety are a priority.
Review the New Term Goals
Review their last term assessment reports and results to determine areas to work on with their class teacher and have a discussion with your child. If they are starting a new school, you can have conversations with your kid’s new teacher in the areas of improvement and realistic expectations.
Get the School Supplies Ready.
One thing you don’t want to deal with the anxiety. Don’t let the back to school rush get you in a fluster. Start early to pick up on all school supplies – face shield, snacks, stationery, lunchbox, school bag, shoes etc. Create a food timetable for your child to help you become more intentional and in control of what they eat and drink at school.
Check their School Uniform.
Children grow rapidly in size and weight. The lockdown affected them. Some might have outgrown their uniform and school sandals. Check if the kids are still comfortable wearing them. If not, you may opt for a new one. Whether you are buying new school wears or patching things up, it’s good to tick that aspect off as soon as possible. Remember to check their fingernails and take a trip to the barber or hair salon. Our kids need to look smart, clean and ready for school.
Plan the School Routine
School has resumed, that’s right! How prepared are you for school routine? A stitch in time saves nine. Create a daily routine checklist and tick off any task you accomplished. There is a time for everything including a time to wake, eat, go to school, do homework, house chores, play and go to bed. Prepare all the necessary items your child will use during after school. It will save you time and stress.
Did we miss any tip? Feel free to add yours and tell us how you feel about the resumption.
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